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The Seeking Shepherd

April 12, 2017
Tom Gibbs
With heart-piercing beauty, Christina Rosetti reminds us on this Holy Week that even our capacity to appreciate the anguish of Christ's suffering on the cross and to rest in its momentous achievement is a work of God's saving grace. We remain dependent upon his sovereign initiative. Left to ourselves, our hearts remain stony and indifferent to Jesus' costly love. Yet, when they are stricken with God's unyielding truth and mercy, living waters begin to gush in heart-felt wonder, thankfulness and praise. The Good Shepherd is both the ...

Expecting the good news.

April 07, 2017
Haley Wachdorf
This week I heard a piece of good news. It was a simple piece of news that took about four words to convey and does not impact me directly. But I knew it was news that had been hoped for a long time, and maybe because of that, hearing it was overpoweringly good. I jumped up out of my chair and clapped and was inappropriately loud in an office setting. I texted my husband on a business trip to tell it to him, too. And as we texted back and forth I told him “I was surprised by how much I had wanted to hear some good news.” I think ...

Singing on Palm Sunday!

April 03, 2017
Sarah Beaugh
Children in Pre-K through first grade are invited to sing in the Palm Sunday service on Sunday, April 9. Children who wish to sing may be dropped off in the Training in the Pews room by 8:45 a.m. before the first service or 10:30 a.m. before the second service. Children are welcomed to participate in both services or just one. We will practice, line up, and the children will receive their palm branches for the service. They will enter and exit the sanctuary together. You can meet your children in the foyer after they have exited the ...

Flooding in Peru

March 27, 2017
Victor Martinez
Recently, severe rains have battered the nation of Peru, causing widespread flooding in areas that usually receive a half-inch of rain each year. In the city of Trujillo, which has experienced flash flooding after 10 days of heavy storms, virtually every significant avenue and street has turned into a raging river. Peru Mission, a ministry partner of Redeemer based in Trujillo, which hosted a Redeemer mission team in the summer of 2016, has requested our support as they respond to this national tragedy. Your gift will allow our friends ...

Starting a Lenten Tradition with your Family

March 06, 2017
Sarah Beaugh
It can be daunting to think about how to meaningfully embrace the season of Lent with your children. Growing up in a church tradition that did not observe this season, I saw Lent as a barren ritual that my friends who observed it couldn’t even really explain to me. It wasn’t until adulthood, or really motherhood, that I came to understand that Lent wasn’t about working my way to salvation, but rather working out my salvation. It wasn’t until I recognized that I regularly look to other things and other people to deal with life’s difficulties ...

Lent: Remembering what Christ has done for us

February 28, 2017
Tom Gibbs
Beginning with Ash Wednesday this week, Redeemer joins with the church around the world in entering into the season of Lent, a 40-day period of preparation for our remembrance of Christ’s crucifixion and celebration of his resurrection. As we embark upon this intentional contemplation of Christ’s work, it is important for us to remember that Lent’s significance is not found in what we do or are going to do to be like Jesus. Rather, the significance is found in remembering what Jesus has done for us in our place. Lent, a term connected to ...

New church plant in Northwest San Antonio!

February 16, 2017
Haley Wachdorf
The Session of Redeemer Presbyterian Church is pleased to announce that the Southwest Church Planting Network and South Texas Presbytery have selected Michael Novak to serve as the church planter for a new church plant in Northwest San Antonio slated to begin forming this summer. Michael and Rachel Novak have served with Reformed University Fellowship at Trinity University for seven years, and have been members at Redeemer during that time as well. They will finish the semester with RUF at Trinity and plan to move to Northwest San Antonio ...

Staff Updates

February 15, 2017
Haley Wachdorf
Redeemer is pleased to welcome a new member to the staff this week and announce a transition for another staff member. Georgianna Hildebrand will be the new nursery coordinator for Redeemer. Families and volunteers can meet Georgianna in the nursery starting Sunday, February 19 as she begins stepping into this important role within our children’s ministry. Georgianna is a native of Kingsville, Texas. She and her husband, Bernard, met as students at the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA). After Bernard completed medical school in ...

To Pray or To Post

February 07, 2017
Tom Gibbs
  Like many of you, I traverse the online world of social media with a little fear and trepidation. After all, how critically important is my sharing on Facebook or Twitter all my opinions and/or objections on the daily news cycle? Are my internal rants and pious sounding reflections (they always sound pious to me, right?) really that relevant to the cultural conversation? Are these acts of faithfulness or vanity? It can be hard to sort out. Obviously, even by writing this blog and linking my FB page to it I am giving some credence to ...

Children's Choir Spring 2017

February 06, 2017
Joel Cook
Hi Parents! Just a reminder that we have just 2 more weeks for enrollment in choir! Please consider this great opporunity for your students (2nd-5th grade). We are treating each semester of choir separately. What that means is that if you participated in the fall, you will not automatically be enrolled for the spring. Additionally, if you are interested, you can absolutely sign up for this semester as well. Dates for choir performances include singing on Palm Sunday (April 9), and Maundy Thursday (April 13). Rehearsals are at church ...

2016 Ministry Report

February 04, 2017
Tom Gibbs
View the full ministry report here. Dear Redeemer Members and Friends, Today we celebrate 14 years of worshipping together as a congregation! What began in 2002 as a small, home-based Bible study has grown today into a thriving, Gospel-centered and city-focused congregation of almost 800 diverse members, all sharing a commitment to minister to San Antonio and the entire region of South Texas. This is truly extraordinary and should move our hearts to praise God. Even more exciting is to consider how Redeemer’s vision of being an anchor ...

Advent Resources for Families

November 30, 2016
Sarah Beaugh
As a parent, advent might have encroached upon your lingering Thanksgiving weekend. Without warning, the Christmas season is now here and you realize you want to mark the season in some meaningful way with your children but may be unsure of where to start. Fortunately, there are some resources and practices you can easily incorporate into your family’s traditions. On our church book table, you will notice we have varied offerings that should give you a range to choose from for what’s right for your family. Just a few I will mention here ...

2016 End-of-Year Giving Update

November 23, 2016
Tom Gibbs
Dear Members and Friends, As 2016 comes to a close, I think many of us are looking forward to the new year in hopes of better things. When considering the world stage, 2016 has not been easy. Militant Islamists continue to strike terror across the Middle East, Africa and portions of Europe. Even here on American soil we must be ever vigilant to negotiate this threat. The country of Ukraine, which is dear to our congregation, fights occupying Russian forces in the eastern portion of the country and small skirmishes take lives almost daily....

True Gratitude

November 21, 2016
Sarah Beaugh
We wanted to encourage parents to be talking with your children this week about thankfulness and true gratitude. In CE this past week, we discussed a deeper meaning and how thanksgiving can lead us toward Advent. As we approach the American Holiday of Thanksgiving this November, we want to turn our mindsets toward a gospel-forward view of true thanksgiving. It is when we truly see ourselves rightly before God and what he has done, that only then can we experience true gratitude. “Gratitude that is pleasing to God is not first a delight in ...

Faith & Culture in Dialogue

November 04, 2016
Tom Gibbs
On Thursday, November 17th, Redeemer will host Dr. C. John “Jack” Collins who will give two lectures discussing the relationship of the Christian faith to science. In a world where it is commonly thought that the claims of science undermine the tenets of the Christian faith, how should Christians respond? Can we actually support scientific inquiry without sacrificing our faith? What do we do when scientific conclusions conflict with the teachings of the Bible? Are the claims of science truly objective and “provable”? These are just a few of ...

Ukraine Update!

October 28, 2016
Tom Gibbs
Remember Jesus Christ, risen from the dead, the offspring of David, as preached in my gospel, for which I am suffering, bound with chains as a criminal. But the word of God is not bound! (2 Tim. 2:8-9) No matter how you are sorting out this year's Presidential election cycle, if you're a Christian, you're probably discouraged and, at times, have been disgusted by American politics. Even so, I hope that you will exercise your God-established freedom to vote, not taking this for granted, and simultaneously pray that the Lord will establish ...

Let's Welcome Norma!

October 11, 2016
Janessa Sullivan
We are pleased to announce that Norma Choate has joined the Redeemer staff as our new full-time Assistant Administrator! Norma is originally from Corpus Christi and moved to San Antonio in 2006. She is married to Caleb and they have two dogs and a cat. They have been faithful attenders at Alamo Heights Baptist since 2006. Norma has a heart for hospitality and serves on many committees at her church. She and Caleb love the outdoors and enjoy any chance to go camping and kayaking. Norma is filling the position previously held by Anna Schuler....

Show Them Jesus

October 05, 2016
Sarah Beaugh
We are so excited as our CE year has kicked off! We have passionate, committed teachers who are eager to share the Good News with your children. We recently had a teacher training where we discussed having Bible-saturated, Gospel-centered, God-focused, Christ-exalting classrooms. To this end, we have recommended reading Show Them Jesus by Jack Klumpenhower. This invaluable resource is not only suggested for our teachers at Redeemer, but also for parents, grandparents, and anyone else who works with children. Yes, it really is that good! We ...

New Children's Choir Starting!!!

September 23, 2016
Joel Cook
In you case you haven’t heard, we’re launching The Redeemer Children’s Choir for children ages 2nd through 5th grade. This new program is being started through the Music Ministry. Through this choir, we hope to bring musical excellence to Redeemer’s worship. This will also give elementary-age children an opportunity to develop singing skills, to grow in fellowship and community, and to participate in worship a new and meaningful way. We will meet on Sunday nights from 5:00 to 6:15pm (the same time as the evening adult CE classes) in the ...

Pursuing the Gospel & Racial Reconciliation

September 08, 2016
Tom Gibbs
The relevance of such action is all the more poignant in light of the tragic shootings occurring this summer in several major cities — Baton Rouge, Baltimore, Minneapolis, Dallas Milwaukie and Orlando. Indeed, such things provide a painful reminder that our nation has not yet resolved its history of racial prejudice and injustice. While there has been progress, we are still a long way from realizing that vision of shalom immortalized by the words of the late Martin Luther King, Jr., As believers in the Lord Jesus Christ, it is important ...

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